Before his horrific and extremely premature death, the late, great “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and his brother Vinnie Paul had been doing some jamming with a fellow Texan, an “outlaw” country singer by the name of David Allan Coe.
I’m not very familiar with country folk, especially males, and most especially the old schoolers, so I had no idea who Coe was. But hey, almost two years after his on-stage murder, this was another chance to hear Dime play guitar, and according to Vinnie, Dime LOVED the stuff that was being recorded here. (It was recorded over 4 years total, and was finished up and released in early May 2006).
So what have we got? A kinda scattershot, kinda wacky, but kinda fun and not half bad country – metal hybrid. It’s not like Rap & Metal, which truly merge to create a hybrid. This is more like country with a lot of guitars. Crazy, wonderful, Dimebag guitars. The man just rocked, you know?
There are some drug references I could do without, but then again, the guy went by “Dimebag”, so what can you do? All I care about is the fact that the songs groove pretty cool, and like I said, Dime just wails on every song. Coe’s singing isn’t too bad either. Not my thing, but it’s not bad.
“Heart Worn Highway” is probably my favorite on the CD, probably because the into is a short but very sweet guitar part called “Paniflo”. Nice.
“Get Outta My Life” and “Cherokee Cry” are good ones too.
This isn’t for everybody. In fact some country folk won’t like it, and neither will some metal folk. But the reason to check it out is to further celebrate the life and passion of the late great Darrell Abbott. So for that reason alone, check it out!